The rapid expansion of fires in the Brazilian rainforest (pictured Aug, 21, 2019) is the result of a significant increase in deforestation. (Photo: AFP/Handout) The dramatic scale of this year's fires is the result of a significant acceleration of deforestation for the lumber industry, for agriculture or for other human activities. "In the tropics, fire is used extensively in a land-use environment," said Jeffrey Chambers, a scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a specialist in rainforests. "It's how you get rid of your agricultural waste products ... And part of the reason why that works is because those fires don't generally move into the forest," he explained. "A tropical rainforest is generally not flammable" because it's so humid. California has the opposite problem: burning waste is prohibited because the forests are so dry, they could go up in flames at the smallest spark. But in the Amazon, when an area of forest is cleared, the tree trunks are removed … [Read more...] about Why is part of the Amazon burning?
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The Hanoitimes - Senior government officials said that electricity and gasoline are items leaving impacts on the economy and catching public attention. PM orders checking of power price hike following social outcry Vietnamese media has questioned the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) about labeling “secret” the plans for raising electricity and gasoline prices. Government April meeting with the chairmanship of Chairman Mai Tien Dung. Photo: VGP VnExpress asked the MOIT at the government’s regular meeting last weekend why it tagged the adjustment of power and gasoline prices as “state secret” and basing on what ground. In response, Deputy Minister of MOIT Do Thang Hai said that the ministry keeps the plans unrevealed before the official announcement with an aim to avoid any unexpected impacts on the society due to the crucial role of electricity and petroleum in the economy. Hai attributed the Law on Protecting State … [Read more...] about Why does Vietnam label plans on energy price hike “secret”?
Tom Evans, principal at consultancy and training company The Lûcrum Group and creator of the highly-acclaimed From Napkin to Revenue practice Having long experience in numerous industries, technologies, and international markets, how can you help startups and entrepreneurs in Vietnam improve their chances of success amidst stiffening competition? It’s a fact that over 80 per cent of new products fail. The number one cause for this high failure rate is that startups and entrepreneurs jump into creating new products or services before they understand if anyone other than them thinks they are a good idea and is willing to pay for it. To improve the chances of success in the market, entrepreneurs must ask themselves these three questions that are most commonly asked by investors: - Who are your customers? - Why will they buy your products? - How are you going to make money? From Napkin to Revenue is a practice of The … [Read more...] about The who, why, and how of your product
Viet Nam News Trần Ngọc Hùng, chairman of the Việt Nam Construction Association, speaks to Việt Nam News Agency about key reasons for the delays in the renovation of old living quarters in Hà Nội. How do you evaluate the national programme to renovate old living quarters? The national programme to renovate old living quarters was launched more than 10 years ago, but its implementation has been very slow. As a consequence, its results have been limited. According to the latest report, some 25 percent of the old living quarters have been described as “very dangerous.” They could collapse at any time and the lives of people living in these building are at risk. What are the main factors preventing the programme from following its approved plan? The Government’s policy is totally right, yet specific guidelines and solutions to implement the policy have not been translated into real life. I should say the implementation of the … [Read more...] about Why does renovation of old living quarters proceed so slowly?
By AFP  September 11, 2018 | 08:45 am GMT+7 The World Meteorological Organization forecasts a 70 percent chance of an El Nino event that could disrupt global weather by the end of what has already been a hot year. Photo by AFP/ Fabrice Cofrini An El Nino event that could disrupt global weather is likely by the end of what has already been a hot year, the U.N. said Monday. The World Meteorological Organization forecast "a 70 percent chance of an El Nino developing by the end of this year," a WMO statement said. El Nino is triggered by periodic warming in the eastern Pacific Ocean which can trigger drought in some regions, heavy rain in others. "WMO does not expect the anticipated El Nino to be as powerful as the 2015-2016 event, but it will still have considerable impacts," the statement said. The organisation sees increased odds of higher surface temperatures in most of Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, Africa and along much of South America's coastline. … [Read more...] about UN sees 70 pct chance of El Nino event this year